It appears the Hartley High School baseball team may be hitting its stride at the right time, and two key CCL wins last week have kept the Hawks in the league race.

It appears the Hartley High School baseball team may be hitting its stride at the right time, and two key CCL wins last week have kept the Hawks in the league race.

Hartley plays three games before the Division II district tournament seeding meeting on Sunday and wins in those games would help Hartley improve its position for the postseason.

Hartley plays at home today against Whitehall, then plays at St. Charles on Friday before returning home on Saturday for a non-league contest against Newark.

After the seeding meeting, Hartley plays at DeSales on Monday, at home on Tuesday against Columbus Academy and at home on Wednesday against West Jefferson.

Coach Morgan Assmann hopes for more consistency from what he called a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of team."

"It depends on what team shows up for us," Assmann said. "If we show up and play, then I think we're able to compete well."

One of the things included in Assmann's wish list of things the Hawks need to improve upon is better bunting.

"We've got to execute the bunt," Assmann said. "It's been an issue for us this year and last year. The art of bunting is a thing of the past and it's something hitters have to work on."

Failure to execute on a bunt didn't come back to bite the Hawks in their 3-1 win over Watterson last Friday. Hartley trailed 1-0 until the fifth inning when Hawks catcher Ben Currie hit a solo home run.

The Hawks got two more runs, but also received a fine pitching performance from Justin Momeyer. He pitched a complete game and allowed six hits.

"It felt good to get this win, especially after how bad they beat us up at their place," Momeyer said. "(Watterson) probably felt like they were going to come in here and get us but they didn't."

Prior to the win, the Hawks handed DeSales its first league loss 8-7 on April 21.

Currie and Momeyer each had three-run homers and Alex Heinmiller, who relieved starter Kendall Johnson in the sixth inning, was credited with the win.

"The win (last Friday) gave us three wins in the league and let us know we're not the step stool that we started out to be," Assmann said. "We're starting to play with more confidence and more enthusiasm."

•The tough schedule will continue for the softball team this week.

The Hawks play host to Dublin Coffman today and then travel to Upper Arlington on Saturday for a doubleheader with the Golden Bears and Pickerington Central.

Hartley then plays two league games on the road against DeSales on Monday and Watterson on Wednesday.

There will be a different look for the Hawks in their coming games. Coach Meghan Rowlands has turned to Tiffany Wolf at pitcher for two reasons.

First of all, Wolf was impressive at the Centennial Stellar Classic last weekend and secondly she takes over for Nicole Moziejko, who informed Rowlands last weekend that she was quitting the team.

Moziejko was a Division II second-team all-state selection last year and helped Hartley go 16-11 with a district runner-up finish.

Rowlands expressed disappointment about the situation but believes Hartley will be able to move on with Wolf and Erica Eakin pitching.

Eakin is expected to return this week from an MCL injury she sustained in January, something that has kept her out of action up to this point in the season.

"(Wolf) did a nice job of throwing strikes and controlling batters, and I'm ecstatic about how she stepped in for us and pitched (last weekend)," Rowlands said.

Though it has been a tough season for the Hawks on and off the field, Rowlands think the challenging schedule is helping them play their best softball.

Hartley went 1-2 at the Stellar Classic last weekend, losing last Friday 7-6 to Hamilton Ross, the defending Division II state champion.

The Hawks then lost to Columbia Station Columbia 7-5 last Saturday, but defeated Tipp City Tippecanoe 5-4 later in the day.

Tippecanoe was a Division II regional finalist last season and was 15-1 entering the game against Hartley.

Kayla Woodward had a solo home run in the first inning and Anna Kirk had the winning solo home run in the top of the seventh.

"It was a great weekend even though we went 1-2," Rowlands said. "We went in there without Nicole and wondering how we were going to do, and we hit the ball well.

"I'm positive we can take this momentum into the latter part of the season and I think the girls are starting to see that the tough schedule is paying off."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Hartley baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, boys tennis teams and boys and girls track and field teams:

BASEBALL

*April 21 - Defeated DeSales 8-7

*Last Friday - Def. Watterson 3-1

*Last Monday - Game against Ready postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played Worthington Christian

Last Wednesday - Played Wellington

Today - Home vs. Whitehall

*Friday - At St. Charles

Saturday - Home vs. Newark

*Monday - At DeSales

Tuesday - Home vs. Columbus Academy

Wednesday - Home vs. West Jefferson

Of note: The Hawks were 10-6 overall and 3-3 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 21 - Lost to DeSales 7-1

Last Friday - Lost to Hamilton Ross 7-6 in Centennial Stellar Classic

Last Saturday - Lost to Columbia Station Columbia 7-5; def. Tipp City Tippecanoe 5-4 in Centennial Stellar Classic

*Last Monday - Game against Ready postponed

*Last Tuesday - Played Worthington Christian

Today - Home vs. Dublin Coffman

Saturday - At Upper Arlington

*Monday - At DeSales

*Wednesday - Home vs. Watterson

Of note: The Hawks were 5-11 overall before and 1-2 in CCL before last Tuesday.

BOYS TENNIS

*April 20 - Def. Ready 4-1

April 21 - Def. Grove City 3-2

Last Saturday - Competed at Teays Valley Invitational. Josh Pecinovsky was a champion at second singles and the doubles team of Brian Doyle and Nick Groom was a champion.

*Last Tuesday - Played Worthington Christian

Today - Home vs. Centennial

*Tuesday - Home vs. DeSales

Wednesday - Home vs. Granville

Of note: The Hawks were 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 20 - Lost to Bexley 12-5

Last Friday - Def. Hilliard Bradley 9-6

Last Monday - Game against Westerville South postponed

Last Wednesday - Played Hilliard Davidson

Friday - Home vs. Pickerington

Tuesday - At Columbus School for Girls

Of note: The Hawks were 1-3 before last Wednesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Saturday - Boys: Finished second (98 points) behind champion Eastmoor Academy (138) at Joe Ramsey Invitational; Girls: Finished second (109) behind New Albany (152)

Last Wednesday - Competed against Whetstone

Wednesday - At Red Devil Relays at Marion-Franklin

*CCL contest